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Agfa Belgium press conference #2: New chemical-free thermal digital plate

Wednesday, 26 March 2008
By Print 21 Online Article

Azura TS, with advanced clean-out system and improved contrast, to be introduced at drupa 2008.

The new Azura TS, which the company claims offers higher throughput—in some cases as much as 50 per cent–and sharper contrast, will be shown at drupa. The chemistry free but not processless plate represents the continuation of the company’s drive towards maintaining its position as a leader in plate development and supply.

Then Azura TS uses a gumming process that cleans the plate and gums it in one step, making it press-ready without the need for chemical processing. Liquid consumption and waste are considerably reduced, and no chemical controls are needed. Also, the Agfa C95 and C125 Clean-Out units have low energy requirements and small footprints, providing further benefits for the low-to-medium-volume commercial printers who adopt the system.

“By increasing overall productivity we feel confident that the unique benefits of the Azura system will be shared with an even broader range of printers than before,” said Marc Op de Beeck, vice president, sales & marketing, Agfa Graphics. “To date there have been more than 2000 installations of the Azura plate system worldwide, and we look forward to showing the latest generation to visitors at drupa.”

Other Agfa releases for drupa

  • Avalon N, a new thermal imaging CtP series available in 8-up and VLF formats, which accommodate a variety of plate sizes and plate-per-hour capabilities;
  • Apogee Suite, Agfa’s new comprehensive workflow solution that integrates all content, project management, prepress and production functions. Agfa also noted the launch of Apogee Media, an Apogee Suite module that is a total solution for content integration and management. Apogee Media will be on display both at Agfa’s main stand, as well as at the drupa Innovation Pavillion (Hall 7.0 – Print & Publishing Park);
  • Anapurna XLS, a new addition to Agfa’s wide-format family of UV printers that eliminates the need for users to have to compromise between speed and quality;
  • Synaps, a new high quality synthetic paper;
  • CtP Plate Cleaner and ANTURAfount AFS1, two new advanced pressroom supplies.


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